Also in today's EMEA roundup: Deutsche Telekom's earnings up; ADVA's revenues rise; MTN drops Nigerian lawsuit; Cisco's Russian SON.
Not surprisingly, there has been widespread reaction to the review's conclusions. Here are a few highlights:
- BT: Ofcom have today explained why breaking up BT would not lead to better service or more investment and that structural separation would be a last resort. We welcome those comments. The focus now needs to be on a strengthened but proportionate form of the current model and we have put forward a positive proposal that we believe can form the basis for further discussions with both Ofcom and the wider industry.
TalkTalk: Ofcom has produced 100 pages of consultation with little concrete action behind it. The risk is that we end up with 10 more years of debate and delays, rather than facing into the problems and delivering improvements for frustrated customers now.
Sky: Ofcom's actions today are not the end of the debate but a staging post towards delivering the network and service that Britain needs. We believe the simplest and most effective way to fix the current broken market structure is for Openreach to be completely independent. We are pleased to see that separation is still on the table.
Cityfibre: It is clear from Ofcom's key strategic proposals that Openreach cannot and will not be allowed to remain solely responsible for delivering the fit-for-purpose infrastructure essential to fulfil the UK’s digital potential.
Table 1: DT: Customer Numbers Y-o-Y Comparison (Europe Segment)
|Dec. 31, 2015 (thousands)||Dec. 31, 2014 (thousands)||Change (thousands)||Change (%)|
|Of which contract customers||25,902||25,400||502||2|
|Of which IP-based||4,100||3,486||614||17.6|
|Retail broadband lines||5,181||4,995||186||3.7|
|Television (IPTV, satellite, cable)||3,904||3,714||190||5.1|
|Source: Deutsche Telekom|
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading